Charles Andrews & Co. The Andrews wire works was first established in 1885, and in December 1890, removed to their new building in the West End. All kinds of wire goods are turned out, and the business represents an investment of $6,000. An average of fifteen hands are employed with a pay-roll of $5,000 and an annual output footing up to over $10,000. There are two frame buildings, one 30×60′ two stories and the other 15×20′ one story high.
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Bowne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891.
Andrews, Chas. and Co. (Charles Andrews, Sr. and Chas. Andrews, Jr. and George Collins, owners) Proprietors of the Novelty Wire and Iron Works. Manufacturers of bank and office railings, elevator Guards, plant stands, fences, and all descriptions of wire work. Retinned house hold goods a specialty. Tinning done for the trade, factory street, West End.
Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory